What Sets Christianity Apart From All Other Religions?

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There are many different religions in the world.  Some estimate that there are around 20 major religions with these 20 divided into around 300 subdivisions.  Each one believes that they are right and everyone else is wrong or that their beliefs are compatible with the beliefs of others.  What sets Christianity apart from other religions?  What are some of the unique aspects of Christianity that differ from all, or some, of the other major religions?

Works cannot make us right with God

Many religions, even some sectors of so-called Christianity, believe that, if a person can do enough good, they will be approved by God.  Dr. Steve Kern writes, “World religions are self-helps on how man can pull himself up to God establishing his own goodness” (Kern, p. 235).  Contrary to the beliefs of these false religions, the Bible tells us that man can never do enough to work his way to heaven.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV).

“…he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…”  (Titus 3:5 ESV).

“…who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace…”  (II Timothy 1:9 ESV).

Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay for our sins (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; I John 2:2, 4:10).  There is nothing we can do, apart from trusting in Him, that enables us to have our sins forgiven and begin a new life with God.  “No other religion in the world teaches our need for God to save us by His finished work.  They are all based on man working to develop his own righteousness by good deeds” (Kern, p. 235).

What Sets Christianity Apart From the Other World Religions

What makes Christianity different from other religions? It is the love of God. His love separates false religions from the Truth of the Gospel.

Many religions seek escape from the world, Christianity seeks to influence it

The goal of many religions is to attain some condition or destination in which they no longer interact, nor are they burdened, with reality.  The goal of these religions is escape, or detachment.  Conversely, Christianity seeks to bring the truth of the good news of God’s love to people and help them know God in an intimate personal way.  Evangelism, witnessing, and missions are a few of the ways Christians are involved in introducing others to Jesus Christ.

God Seeks Sinners

For those religions that do believe in some sort of god, the god they believe in is usually impersonal, aloof, and standoffish.  Their god is ‘up there’ while we are ‘down here’.  This is not the case with the God of the Bible.  It is God who initiates the process by which we are brought back into a right relationship with Him.

“He first loved us” (I John 4:10, 19).

“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 ESV).

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10 ESV).

“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out” (Ezekiel 34:11 ESV).

“I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy.  I will feed them in justice” (Ezekiel 34:16 ESV).

These verses make it clear that God loves us enough to seek after us, to draw us to Him.  He has not abandoned humanity and left us to fend for ourselves.  He has not left us without evidence of His love and power.  This evidence is even seen in the creation around us (Romans 1:19-20).

The claims of Christianity make sense of the world we see around us

Everything we see in our universe makes sense when interpreted by the biblical record.  People’s actions only make sense when we see that God created humanity good, but we rebelled against Him.  Those who are without a relationship with God are torn between what they are and what they were created to be.

Drug use, alcoholism, and many other issues that take a toll on society are the result of rebellion against God.  As long as a person rejects God and attempts to live by self-made standards and ideas, that person will experience emptiness in his or her soul that they will try to fill with all kinds of false answers.

Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, thus corrupting the perfect relationship they had enjoyed since they were created.  Since that day, humanity has been separated from the holy God by our sin.  However, God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die on a cross in order to restore holiness to those who would repent and follow Him.

The main thing that sets Christianity apart from all other religions is the person of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, is the centerpiece of the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments.  The Old Testament tells of the initial goodness of Creation, of man’s rebellion and fall, and of God reassuring Adam and Eve that He would provide the way to make things ‘good’ again.  The remainder of the Old Testament is the story how God’s strained relationship with His people.  They would follow Him for a while, and then decide that their ideas or desires outweighed His lordship, and they would rebel.  This reveals that any time we attempt to live our lives apart from God’s grace and power, we will fail.  God is holy (Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2; Joshua 24:19; I Samuel 2:2, 6:20; Psalm 99:9; I Peter 1:16), but we are not.  We are unable, as was mentioned earlier, to keep God’s holy standard or to make ourselves holy enough to mend the separation that began in the Garden of Eden.  On our own, we will remain forever separated from God.

However, God did not leave us without hope.  He knows our shortcomings and inabilities, so He provided the way by which we can reestablish that wonderful relationship that was lost so long ago.  Payment had to be made for the sin of humanity.  Punishment must be dealt for that sin; the Bible says that, “…the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  This means that the life we live in rejection to God earns us death.  Death is required as payment for our sin.

This is where that famous, most-often quoted, verse tells us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ESV).  A sacrifice was required for the sin of humankind.  God loves us so much that He not only drew us to Himself, but also provided the sacrifice for us in the person of His only Son, Jesus Christ.  This is the example of perfect love.

Conclusion

What makes Christianity different from other religions?  It is the love of God.  His love separates false religions from the Truth of the Gospel.  The sacrifice of Jesus is the ultimate example of that love.  God, working through the Holy Spirit, is calling everyone to experience the love He offers.

God calls each of us to respond to that love.  Jesus endured agony that you and I cannot understand.  Not only was He beaten, spat upon, humiliated, and finally crucified on a cross, but also He did it willingly…voluntarily.  He did it for you and me.  God asks for nothing but what is due Him.  As Creator, Sustainer, and Savior He is worthy of our love, worship, and allegiance.

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Kern, Dr. Steve.  No Other Gods.  Amerisearch, 2007.

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Jack Wellman August 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Absolutely spot on my friend. I believe that Christianity is the only religion in the world that has a Savior and that the leader is still alive and can not die. Truly, there is no other way my friend (Act 4:12). Why He would save me is beyond me. People ask me that once…and I said, “Here’s my answer….I just don’t know.” Well done Robert…again! ><>

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Robert Driskell August 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Thank you Jack,
The longer I am a Christian, the more convinced I am that the Bible contains the truth, Jesus is the Savior, and there is no other way. We love others enough to try to convince them of these things so that they may enjoy the relationship with God for which they were created. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Vhinz August 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

i want to ask why Christians divided into many sects and so-called church?? which is which among these sects?

I believe, there are only two kind of people in this world, BELIEVER AND NON-BELIEVER.

And in Believer there is also 2 types of believer, WITH FAITH AND WITHOUT FAITH.

That’s the things came into my mind, since I could not say that I am a believer, only God can see our Faith. No one could say it and no one can say He/she is saved but God alone can manifest it.

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Robert Driskell August 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Vhinz, thank you for reading and commenting. I am happy to attempt to answer your questions as best as I understand them. Please excuse me if I have misunderstood you in any way.

First, the reason there are so many denominations [‘sects’ as you call them] is that some Christians emphasize different aspects of the Christian life. Some believers believe differently on certain issues that are not essential to salvation. There is nothing wrong or disjointed about this. All these Christians will agree on the foundational biblical truths.

The Bible is clear that for one to be a believer, he or she must have faith, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 ESV). The very essence of being a Christian is that one puts his or her faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ.

While I agree with you that only God can save anyone, Jesus also says that others can tell that we are Christians by our fruit, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:19-21 ESV).

The way one becomes a believer is to turn from our selfish ways and turn to God. Romans puts it this way, “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved…For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”” (Romans 10:9-10, 13 ESV).

It is my prayer that everyone will respond to God’s gracious offer of salvation by putting their faith in Him and glorifying Him with their lives. God bless you, Vhinz.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Vhinz August 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

Thanks Robert for your answer. Yes, I believe and I’am in the process of building,putting up the foundation of my faith. i thank God for giving me wisdom for I could understand His words without difficulty. I thank you for you have responded my comment…

I always inspired evrytime I read the bible, truly amazing because every aspects of life, the bible penetrates. Every words is a life changing, making us stronger, experience peace, joy and contentment in life. I’m not usually using verses from the bible, but i know i have read it. What important to me is the content and the wisdom behind every chapters of the Gospel.

Once again Roberts, I’m happy sharing words here.

Your Brod in Christ,
Vhinz

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Robert August 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

Vhinz,
It is always a pleasure to talk to a brother in Christ. God bless you, Vhinz.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Derek Hill August 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! There is no other way to the Father except through Him. Great job again, Robert. I still feel the internal struggle sometimes with trying to do as much good as I can to get to heaven. I know it is a false pretense brought through Satan. God has already paid the price through the cross. God bless you.

In His Name Always,
Derek

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Robert Driskell August 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Thank you, Derek,
I too struggle daily with the idea that the more I do, the better Christian I am. You are certainly not alone in that struggle. But we can rest assured that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able. God bless you brother. It’s a struggle, but well worth it.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Richard Okonkwo August 12, 2012 at 1:59 am

I thank God for using your kind of person to lighten-up dark spots in our souls.May HE continue to replenish you.

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Robert Driskell August 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thank you Richard,
It is my honor and privilege to be used by God. He has cleaned me up, forgiven me, and now I want to be used by Him for His glory. God bless you, Richard.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Michael August 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

Great Article. I especially loved the verses you included.

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Robert Driskell August 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thank you Michael,
There is power in the Word of God. (Not to mention, the Bible says it better than I can). God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Steven August 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

We could never do anything to come close to God who created this universe and everything in it. That is why He had to save us through The Son. That’s why we have to be saved by the gift of grace.

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Robert Driskell August 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

You are absolutely right, Steven. When we truly get a glimpse of who God really is, it’s a wonder we can even breathe. I have a hard time balancing my checkbook, God keeps everything going…all at the same time. I can not even begin to comprehend that kind of ability. He is awesome. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Hwee Hwee Tan August 15, 2012 at 4:53 am

I really liked what you wrote about Christ being the path to our salvation. I have a Buddhist friend who struggles with depression. When I asked her why she thought she was depressed, she told me it was because of bad things she did (bad karma) in her past life. I felt sorry for her. It is hard enough being depressed and add on to that the burden of guilt of believing it was due to your bad works (bad karma). Her struggle made me grateful for my Christian faith, that I have salvation through Christ regardless of how much bad works (bad karma) I am have accumulated! Praise God for His free grace!

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Robert August 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thank you for reading and commenting. Your friend suffers from the belief that it is up to us to pay for our sins. We know, from the Bible, that Jesus paid for our sins. Keep praying for your friend, trust God, and the Holy Spirit will work on her heart. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton November 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I will try and keep this brief Robert. I sent this email off to a jewish Rabbi saying that it was an insult to God to prove to the jews that he had to do Four Things. He answered in a very insulting way.He said it in a paragraph,and i answered back i did not say this i got the information off your site. I apologised if i offended you,and this was not my intention. I certainly did not try to change your beliefs which i did not say,and again i apologised if this offended you in any way. In short he said we have the Torah the first five books of the old testament,and we do not recognise the New Testament. This left me stunned,and angry.I have just received another email off him. This time in a nicer tone. He said if you want to know about the Jewish Religion click on this link. This link had a title that God spoke to 3,000,000 jews at the foot of Mount Sinai. I have heard of this,and according to the number given,it differs a lot when i Googled it. In fact it comes no where near the number he mentioned. So to him Jesus Christ did not exist! Don`t worry i am i am not off to be a Jew,far from it.

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Robert November 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Hi Mr. Cotton,
Good to hear from you. A couple of things come to mind when I read your comment. One thing is that we will never convince everyone we talk to about Jesus; some will simply refuse to believe. The second thing that came to my mind was that Jesus Himself repeatedly chastised the Jewish community of His day for not believing in Him. It is so sad that the Jewish people have had all the evidence for God, and God’s Messiah, given directly to them…and yet they refuse to believe. So sad. Mr. Cotton, I pray that you will continue to be a light in this dark worldk and not be led astray by the rebellious beliefs of those who deny Jesus is Lord. God bless you, sir.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton November 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for your words of reinsurance Robert. So if all the Jews believe this they are all doomed to Hell. I have read this story before that 3,00000 heard Gods voice from Mt Sinai,but i have heard different numbers about this. I have also read that Yahweh was an angel who gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. The word Yahweh has a few interpretations. I am not very good at the bible`s interpretations. Would you be so good at finding in the bible about this number where God said this. I visited an Islam site,because i am very curious about these religions.
I was a bit surprised that they believed in Jesus,and quite a lot of other information like Christians. I thought the same has you in what you have written. The Holy Ghost guided me to this site when something very profound happened to me,and nobody is going to change that. Thanks Robert for your comment.

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Robert November 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hello Mr. Cotton,
As far as the Jews going to Hell, the Bible tells me that anyone who rejects Jesus Christ is headed for eternal punishment. That’s why it is so important for us to be diligent in spreading the Gospel to the lost.
As far as the biblical record goes, God spoke to Moses at Mt. Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5). I’m not sure if that’s what you are refering to.

The ‘Jesus’ that the Muslims (Islam) speak of is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible (see my article, “Does The Quran Mention Jesus? What Do Muslims Believe About Jesus?” for more in-depth look at this issue).

Please remember to pray and read your Bible, Mr. Cotton. It is sometimes risky to investigate other religions if we are not careful to remain built up in the Lord. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton November 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

According to the Rabbi he said God spoke to Moses,but 3,00000 heard God through Moses. There are different figures mentioned about this 3,000000. I looked at what the Muslims practice,and their is a big difference.
I prayer a lot,but has for the Bible i have difficulty in interpreting it. When i was a Catholic the priest just said read the New Testament. Robert you are well educated in the bible thats why i ask you,and your colleges. I was brought up a Catholic,and they drummed it in you at school. It was only about a year ago that something very profound happened to me,and this lead me to investigate the Catholic Religion. I did not like what they hid from me at school,and more or less all my life. I was seeking the truth,and the Holy Spirit brought me to this sight. I have been on this site quite a while now,and I will believe in what is taught here. Thanks Robert for your insight.

Mr A Cotton November 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

I have just read what the Muslims believe Robert,and my thoughts are they have just seem to have made things up.
When i have watched history films Muhammad seems to always crop up. It`s Muhammad this,and that. To me they seem to be always mentioning Muhammad all the time,and yet there God Allah is hardly mentioned. Thanks for your advice Robert.

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Mr A Cotton November 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

I have always wanted to know the true meaning of the simple phrase that Jesus said to Peter Thou art Peter the rock,and i will build MY church,and he gave to Peter the Keys to the kingdom of heaven. It`s that simple i can`t understand it.
Peter never said that he was the head of the apostles,and Paul would have mentioned it if he was,the same has the other apostles. This is where the Catholic religion was born,from St Peter. Did Jesus give the power to the apostles to forgive sin.

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Jack Wellman November 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Mr. Cotton, I can not speak for Robert but there are 2 different uses in the Greek for rock. Peter’s name as the rock is a small stone essentially but the “upon this rock” is a different use of the word rock, meaning more like a boulder.

In Matthew 16:16-18 it says, “Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Jesus was not saying that the church would be built upon Peter as an apostle (since he is only human) but built upon Peter’s statement, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” This is the Rock that is Jesus. The foundation are the apostles, but Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone upon which the church is built upon. Did this help?

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Mr A Cotton November 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

This is to you Robert and Jack. You said in your post to me that i was hungry. I was seeking this out,and i found it in Mathew 20: 25-26 at the end of this passage Jesus says “But it shall not be so among you:but whoever will be great among you,let him be your minister” We all know nobody was chosen.Robert i found a similar answer searching all last night. Jesus Breathed on them the Holy Spirit. Example 1. James,and Simon enter a town. A man sees them,and calls them,and insults them. The Apostles move on therefore that man`s sins has not been forgiven. Example 2. A woman approaches them very humbly and says to the apostles i am an adulteress forgive me,and one of the Apostles says God has forgiven you,because the Apostles have the Holy Spirit in them,and it is through the Holy Spirit that her sin was forgiven. Has you know i was a Catholic how come the Catholic Church didn`t figure it out. To them a man is trained to be a priest,then he is ordained a priest. Then hey presto he can forgive sins. He is a man,and can`t forgive sins. Only God can forgive sins. I thank you both very much. I have always wanted to know about these two issues being an x Catholic. I just new deep down that the Catholic Church was wrong when the priests got handed down this from the Apostles. I feel bitter towards the Catholic Church for making things up just because a man called the Pope says this,and evan people bow down to him a man. If you where to ask ten Catholics who is the head of the church. I would bet that they would all say the Pope. I am looking at the articles Robert,then they lead me(or the Holy Spirit)some ware else. I am just blown away by all this true information. I just want to hug the two of you,and i have just broken down with Joy.

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Robert November 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Mr. Cotton,
Good to hear that God is showing you the truth. The Bible says to, “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (I Chronicles 16:11 ESV). I think this is what you are doing. God will not hide His truth from you when you are honestly seeking it.
It would be good if you could let go of the animosity you hold toward the Catholic Church, any anger you hold is hurting you more than anyone else. Also, an unforgiving spirit often is a hindrance to a full relationship with God. It can get in the way of your fellowship with Him.
I am so glad (as I’m sure Jack is also) that we are able to be His servants to help you find the true path. I am honored, Mr. Cotton. God bless you, brother. Trust in God, He will not fail you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton November 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks for your kind words of wisdom Robert.
About the Catholic Church,one Pastor said it must be very hard for you just to leave the Catholic Church like that. I mention them has a reference to what they should have taught, like everybody on this site believes in.When i was at school you had to learn the Catechism i did,but the next day the teacher said right lets see who has not learnt his Catechism. He asked me,and i could not answer(Nerves) Then you saw him at the end because you did not learn your Catechism he gave you two sticks. This was making me that bad my hair started to fall out. My mother took me to the doctors,and he said you have got Alopecia.My mother said whats going on,and i told her all about it. My mother said right i am coming down to the school to see about this. My mother told the teacher he does learn his Catechism. My mother left,and he said Mr Cotton bringing his Mammy down,and showed me up.I could not answer the question`s again,and i waited,and he was about to give me the two sticks,and i said i am going home to tell my mother.My mother was fuming, right she said we are going to see the headmaster.We did,and i was told to wait outside. I heard raised voices,and i saw my teacher storm out of the Headmasters room. I was called in,and the headmaster said it`s all been sorted out. I left with my mother,and she said he got a right telling off. He never bothered me again. At the beginning of your sight you state the condition`s to be a Christian. I answered a definite yes to all of them. I have learnt a lot from You and Jack. It`s hard to explain Robert the Holy Ghost comes,and Swish i am off. I live in England,but i wished i lived side you. Thanks again Robert

Mr A Cotton April 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Thanks for your concern about religions.
I do not have any animosity in my heart evan before I came to this site. I am like the blind man in the temple i could not see,and Jesus set to work on me. Then my eyes where truly open.It was like having two maps the first map did not seem to make sense. Where has the second map made sense. Every time i come on this site it gets better,because through the likes of you Robert, Jack,and Derek you give me the answer,and the courage to go on. Evan when I fall I found this tough,until Jack convinced me,and told me how to get through it Three Times! To me that was God answering Jacks prayer.
I look on this site has a little church with the people coming through the door,but unfortunately some do not stay. Also Derek pestered me to repent i couldn`t ,because it was tough,but after a week i asked God`s forgiveness. I know one thing you just have to keep picking up that cross,and some days it`s quite heavy Keep Gods work up Robert

Mr Anthony Cotton March 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm

It`s that statement again where the Catholic Church uses this verse to state that their religion is the true one.
Jesus said to Peter “thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My church”.
Jesus says to Peter I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven,and whatever you loose on Earth will be loosed in Heaven.
So the way I look at it Jesus is given Peter a gift,and then Jesus goes on to say whatever you loose on Earth will be loosed in heaven.
So who is doing the Loosing on Earth,and Heaven.
This is from a Catholic site where they are saying this is for Peter who they say was the foundation stone for the Catholic Church.
I took a screen shot of this,and evan when I read it.
St Peter made a confession,but it dosn`t show you the confession.
On this screen shot it says the same has you Jack,and I agree. It`s this that I can`t understand about Peter,so can you shed some light on St Peter`s roll in this. Thanks

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Jack Wellman March 25, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Thank you Anthony. In Matthew 16 Peter made a confession that Jesus is the Son of God “Matthew Chapter 16: Peter’s Great Confession

15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [upon this statement…the Rock is Jesus, right?] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

So upon this statement, the rock “the Greek shows Peter’s name is small stone or rock” but Jesus is THE Rock “in the Greek” a big boulder like rock” and it is upon that statement that Peter made or his confession of Who Christ is, the Son of the Living God that the church will be built. Make sense?

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Robert November 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Hi Mr. Cotton,
Jack is absolutely right in his reply to you (thank you, Jack). Peter was not made head of the church, the BIble says that Jesus is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22, 5:23; Colossians 1:18).
The apostles were not given the power to forgive sins; only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:7; Psalm 32:5; Isaiah 43:25), at least not directly. However, the apostles (and all Christians) do have the Gospel to proclaim, and when anyone receives that Gospel, gives their lives to Jesus, and becomes a Christian, their sins are forgiven. So, in that respect we have the good news to share with others that God will forgive their sins. I believe this is what Jesus was talking about by phrase ‘keys to the kingdom’. We have the Gospel to share with others, and this Gospel acts like a ‘key’ to the Kingdom of God.
Hope this helps. God bless you, Mr. Cotton.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

P.S. I hope you will look through the many other articles on this site. I’m sure they will answer many of the questions you may have.

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Robert November 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I need to clear up a typing error I made: I wrote, “The apostles were not given the power to forgive sins; only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:7; Psalm 32:5; Isaiah 43:25), at least not directly.”
It should have read, “The apostles were not given the power to forgive sins, at least not directly; only God can forgive sins (Mark 2:7; Psalm 32:5; Isaiah 43:25).”
Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Rainey April 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hello sorry for writing so much to you but i am working on trying to help my dad to understand that Jehovah witness has a lot of false in that religion. My dad is trying to tell me that we shouldn’t celebrate holidays like Christmas because nobody really knows when jesus’s real birthday is. He is also telling me that how do we know if Christians are the right religion if every religion has their own bible. How do we know which bible is the right one??? He also belives there is no hell and no heaven. He thinks that their is only a kingdom some where. He belives there will be a place for the bad people but no hell. He also thinks that if you pray to god and show him you are sorry for the things you do then he can save you from hell but i keep telling him that he needs to get saved. Please get me some answers so i can share this with him….

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Robert April 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hi Rainey,
Any religion that does not have Jesus Christ at its center will have plenty of false beliefs. It sounds like your Dad does not hold the authority of Bible very high. The Bible is where Christians get our doctrine (teachings) from. Jehovah’s Witnesses, like anyone else, can make up all the beliefs they want; however, what is the authority behind their beliefs? Can they prove their beliefs from the Bible? If not, why would anyone want to believe what they teach anyway?

Christians celebrate Easter, Christmas, etc. in order to honor and worship God. We do not have to know the exact date that Jesus was born for us to worship Him and celebrate His birth. There is nothing sinful in celebrating those holidays. Once again, I would ask your dad why he believes such things. Romans 14 shows that there is nothing sinful in behavior that honors the Lord.

There is only one Bible. There have been several translations made from the original languages in order to accommodate our ever-changing English language, but this has not changed the meaning of the Bible at all.

Jesus Himself, talking about those who reject Him, said this about Hell, “And these will go away into eternal punishment…” (Matthew 25:46 ESV). The Bible is quite clear about the existence of a place of eternal torment for those who continue to rebel against God. Here are a couple of articles that will shed some light on the subject of Hell:
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/is-there-really-a-place-called-hell2/

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-hell-21-eye-opening-scriptures/

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-hell-will-be-like/

The Bible is equally clear that we cannot save ourselves, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV). Jesus Christ died on a cross for our sins, and we can only be forgiven by trusting in Him.

I have included a few websites (articles) that I hope will help you witness to your dad. I will be praying that the Holy Spirit will open his heart to the truth of the Gospel.
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-do-jehovahs-witnesses-believe/

http://4witness.org/jehovahs_witness/jw_witness.php

http://www.christiananswers.net/evangelism/beliefs/jehovahswitness.html

God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Thelma July 25, 2013 at 4:21 am

Mr A Cotton.
When Jesus said those statements about the rock and building His church on the rock, he was not refaring to Peter as a rock. But he was referring to the truth of who he was as replied by Peter. Any Congregation that doesn’t acknowledge Christ as Messiah, and the Son of God is not a Church, atleast not Jesus’ church. Thank you so much for this great article. I love your humility too.
Calvary Greetings.

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wee jock August 2, 2014 at 3:02 am

Good day to all are we becoming a nation of heathens? Why are so many churches empty? I have led the glasgow life until becoming a single parent some years back taken my kids to church was a mission both under 4. Anyway I will get to the point I used to sit and read passages from the Bible to my kids some years on they said we can’t be believers if we don’t go to God’s house to pray meaning church of course. This flowed from my mouth god hears everything and sees everything as long as you love God and say your prayers but most of all live by his commandments god is always watching over use. I love my god but believe in a different way through my own studies who God really is. To Finnish of 25plus year old bible now being looked out for the grandkids we have to carry the word of God to the next generation but miss out on things other human mistakes ie the past troubles of the church and them hiding behind the word of God. If not published I pray for the future of mankind and think your sites great and will stay tuned and hope you gain lot more followers.male.glasgow

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